2017 Showreel

By on Mar 9, 2017 in Corporate, Life, Website | 1 comment

A collection of works that I’ve created over the last couple of years. 2017 is looking like an even bigger year, can’t wait to continue collaborating with all my clients & friends. Enjoy this showreel!

Melbourne Food Baby x Paxxioneer

By on Aug 10, 2016 in Corporate, Life | 0 comments

Bianca invites you to enjoy a modern Melbourne foodie experience. Bianca is a commerce and marketing student who created a food blog as a way to develop her social media marketing skills. Within seven months, Melbourne Food Baby (Instagram: @melbfoodbaby) had more than 15,000 followers, and Bianca was getting phone calls from cafes and restaurants inviting her for free meals so that she would blog about them. Her fondness for food and desire to explore new ways of taking photos, writing blogs, and building a social community had taken a turn toward business! Bianca is also an avid (and outstanding) golfer, who happens to enjoy the social aspect of sharing a round with new people more than the competitive aspect of the game. We shot this film a couple of months ago to showcase how she interacts with her clients & friends. It was quite a raw run & gun experience, but there was loads of free food involved so it made it so worthwhile. We shot this film on an Ursa Mini 4.6k, and I was shocked at it’s dynamic range. I have never shot on something this nice before, so it was quite different to all my shoots where I was using Sony gear or DSLR’s. Hope you enjoy this little piece about Bianca & melbourne food culture....

Sliwinski | Documercials

By on Mar 30, 2016 in Crowdfunding, Life, Website | 0 comments

  I’ve spent the last 4 or so years freelancing with various companies & friends, creating content that tells beautiful stories. I’ve spent time establishing myself as a brand, and after having been exposed to the world of branding via SeeSharp Group, I’ve taken it upon myself to set up something else. Enter, Sliwinski Documercials. Documercials, because it’s a (sort of) unique style and also a term which hasn’t really taken off quite yet. It’s also very much inline with the type of work that I’ve been producing recently. Rather than a regular corporate video with a very clinical structure, It’s a commercial delivered in the shell of a documentary. It allows you to tell an authentic story, refer to products & create a connection. So, associating a brand with a word like this, that hasn’t become super popular just yet, was something advised to me by the guru himself, Alex Lau. He heads up SeeSharp Group. It’s also about becoming very specific. I’ve teamed up with my wife, who will help & support me throughout this initial process. Marketing strategies & the like will be developed, connects will be actively sought & hopefully beautiful work will be created. This brand gives me the ability to expand beyond myself and to be able to initiate even newer brands in the future. In the meantime, please have a look at the website, get familiar with the work we have created thus far, and follow us on Facebook or myself on Instagram. www.sliwinski.com.au www.facebook.com/sliwinskidocumercials...

URSA Mini 4k Test & Review | Coffee with Yuta

By on Nov 13, 2015 in Corporate, Life, Reviews, Travel, Weddings | 10 comments

I recently made a purchase on the Blackmagic Design URSA Mini camera, after falling in love with the image of the original URSA. I bought it from Videoguys here in Melbourne, Australia. After extensive reading & researching in whether to get the URSA 4.6k or 4k, I decided on the 4k. A large part of this was to do with affordability in the current time, but also one of the stronger features of the URSA Mini 4k – global shutter at 60p.  For me this feature is crucial as a lot of the time I’m doing things on my own, so its useful to have the option to stabilise my footage without the ‘jello’ effect for example. I also make use of a monopod all the time, and tend to do fake sliding shots on it. This is where you use your whole body weight and move the monopod forwards by leaning, then tilting the head upwards so that it stays level. Sometimes you get wobbly, so being able to straighten the shot is useful too. These are just some examples (also the fact that I shoot at lot of 60p too). Anyway, onto the test! I went out with my Japanese buddies here in Melbourne. Yuta works at a coffee shop out in South Melbourne called Clement Coffee. If you haven’t been there yet, I highly recommend checking it out! I wanted to experiment with some indoor shots with available natural & indoor lighting. It also had a wonderful colour palette inside the coffee shop, so it had a nice aesthetic too. I was shooting hand held, to simulate the type of work that I do on a weekly basis. My trusty FS100 is slightly lighter than the URSA, but thats due to the Magnesium build of the URSA I would think. The URSA is light in my hands, but I think the addition of a top handle would be really desirable, as it does strain your wrists after a while of holding the camera from the side grip when on standby. I think I’d be able to shoot a day with it hand held, but it’s going to need to be put down for sure. It’s light, but not as light as a feather. I shot this coffee scene only on a Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 lens. Didn’t need any more range considering it was quite tight for room in the shop. While shooting this, I did notice the skin-tones have a ‘thickness’ to it, like how Daniel Peter’s described it on Dan Chung’s podcast last week. It’s a breath of fresh air after using Sony cameras for so long. Whilst Sony cameras are really great for certain work, the URSA sensor is just far more superior in it’s colour science. Something I’ve been missing for quite some time! The screen is really quite handy, however I think I’ll invest in some kind of EVF in the future. When shooting outdoors in full sun light, it was sometimes hard to judge the exposure, especially if you don’t make use of the histogram as an example. So some shots in a later film I will release seemed to be a little over exposed. Nevertheless, for indoor application the screen is perfect. It’s a great size to look at, you can accurately judge focus especially with the great peaking system that is built into the URSA Mini. The one thing I noticed, which has been an issue with many Blackmagic Design cameras is the fixed pattern noise. If you download the original file, you will be able to see that in some parts, the dark areas have the presence of the FPN. It’s not as bad as it was in the past, but it’s still there. Hopefully this can be eradicated soon enough through firmware updates, and perhaps on the 4.6k sensor it’ll be gone all together! I used 2 Lexar 128gb CFAST 2.0 cards, which both had about 10 minutes each of ProRes HQ recording at 3840×2160. I would definitely recommend buying more of these babies if you are thinking of recording for a long period of time. In the battery department, I used a spare Globalmediapro 95w V-lock battery that I had lying around. It worked perfectly fine, and was only down to about 75% after a few hours. I was of course turning the camera on & off in this time, so it will be a different story if it were on constantly. I think it’s important to note that not all V-lock batteries will read a percentage to the camera (like mine). There is a compatibility list on the Blackmagic website somewhere, so if your battery doesn’t read a percentage, it will show 3 bars instead. Enough of me rambling on anyway, have a watch and see what you think. Will post another test film sometime in the near future!...

A story about building a better life

By on Nov 2, 2015 in Corporate | 0 comments

This project was really unique, in the sense that the story behind the beginnings and origins of this IT company are incredible. You don’t often think of an IT company to be this invested in their culture either. A family from Laos, travelling by Boat, after a terribly hard Journey in refugee camps, are sponsored to come to Australia. All they wanted was a better life, a greater purpose. Finally it was given to them, and they took hold of every opportunity they could get. This film focuses on the story of this family, and how their values have shaped the work culture in the company. We shot this on an A7RII, a new camera released by Sony, one which I’ve been wanting to try for a while. The results were quite nice, however the codec did suffer under some strenuous colour correcting, so use of an external corrector is necessary if you want to take full advantage of that piece of technology. Shot initially in 4k, scaled to HD for web delivery. It was all cut & edited in Premiere Pro. The goal was to make it personal & uplifting. It could have easily been a more depressing & intense styled film, but the goal was to convey a message of inspiration & purpose. I hope you enjoy watching this film, it was certainly a joy to create for us. This was in collaboration with SeeSharp Productions.  On a side note, I have been busy in the background working on some wonderful new adventures that are ahead of me, so I will be revealing this in due time! Enjoy this...